Andras Szakal

A New Chain of Trust – Blockchain and Its Impact on Trustworthy Systems

The Need for Trust I remember when I first started learning about security and the concepts of CIA – Confidentiality, Integrity and Availability. At the heart of these concepts is trust. For us in IT, that means creating trusted systems that support our organization’s business processes. Unfortunately, we have not really been able to achieve […]

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Evolving a Hybrid Cloud Strategy – A Conversation with CxOs: Part 2

This post continues the discussion on the importance of the hybrid cloud datacenter and how to approach migration. In reflecting back on part one of this discussion, it was evident that the speed of innovation and the rate at which these platforms are evolving in and of itself must be considered as part of your […]

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Evolving a Hybrid Cloud Strategy – A Conversation with CxO’s

In my next few blogs I’ll be exploring how CxO’s should approach moving workloads from the traditional enterprise datacenter onto a commercial cloud provider platform. In this blog I’m speaking directly to “you” the government agency IT leader. Not surprisingly, when talking to IT leaders – the most frequently requested guidance is what to move […]

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PureApplication Software For Federal Services

The New Year ushered in a new release of PureApplication Software aimed at facilitating shifting to the cloud for the federal community. The new edition formal name is PureApplication Software Services for Federal Services (PureApp Federal for short). This new edition to the PureApplication Software Family extends the product line by providing support for customers […]

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Effectively Adopting Open Source Software to Ensure an Open Architecture

I spend a considerable amount of time with government customers helping them position open source as part of their IT strategy. Many are considering using an Open Source strategy for promoting an Open Architecture across their enterprise and are unsure of the implications. The roots of modern day Open Source is grounded in IBM’s Open […]

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Industry Participation to Accelerate FedRamp Adoption

I recently participated in several industry groups focused on evolving the Fedramp program. The primary focus of these industry workgroups will be to help evolve the program toward becoming more economically viable and efficient. The Fedramp program has matured to a point where we have a decent understanding of the areas that need refinement. The […]

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Driving Softlayer and BlueMix Partner Adoption

This week we held the Federal Summit with FCW at the Reagan Center in Washington, D.C. Several important new IBM offerings were announced at the event including the IBM Softlayer Federal datacenters, Federal Softlayer Security Operations Centers, and the BlueMix Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) Acceleration program. My team has been hard at work on these initiatives helping […]

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Global Convergence: Making public sector IT security controls not so different

For those of us focused on providing public sector IT solutions, it’s no big secret that industry specific and mandated security standards and accreditations don’t translate well to the private sector or commercial environments. Certainly governments are faced with different risks and threats that often necessitate a different approach or more stringent security controls than […]

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Welcome 2014 The Year of DevOps!

Welcome to 2014. I hope that everyone enjoyed some rest, relaxation and family time before ringing in the New Year. While the end of the year is not exactly conducive to a full shutdown, I was able to spend time with the family and re-tool for the coming year. Although my version of rest and […]

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CCRA and the Evolution of Cloud Standards

I’m looking forward to the upcoming IBM Federal Cloud Innovation Forum this week. In preparing for my session on “Cloud Security and Open Standards,” I started to muse about the evolution of cloud and the cloud standards timeline. It’s hard to believe that it was not that long ago that we launched the IBM Cloud […]

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When to Bare Your Metal

In my last blog (http://bit.ly/17XVBkI) I discussed the evolving standardization of the Software Defined Environment (SDE) and why this revolution is enabled through hardware resource pooling and automated provisioning of base-metal servers. The physical layer of the cloud stack is starting to be “virtualized” and standardized, just as we have seen the continued standardization of […]

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The Path to SDE Requires Bare Metal

I have consistently stressed in previous blogs the fact that “cloud” is not just one paradigm shift but multiple shifts all occurring more or less simultaneously. This includes advancements in virtualization, resource pooling, data services, mobile and social computing, etc. One of the most significant advancements being in the evolving space around Software Defined Environments […]

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